Naughty for role – not by nature
Desperate Housewives fans settle in for season four on Foxtel’sWChannel, the show continues its dominance in the US as it nears the end of season six with wild new plots including a much-discussed plane crash.
A block Christmas party on Wisteria Lane is all but wiped out when a small plane crashes on the infamous street— the pilot has a heart attack while arguing with his wife, apparently.
The episode went to air in early December in the US. Channel 7 will start screening the new season in February.
One of the additions for the latest adventures was actor Maiara Walsh (left), who arrived as Lolita-like Ana Solis in season five.
Walsh has always been a good girl— at home and on TV. That was before the 21-yearold moved into the naughty neighbourhood of Desperate Housewives. Desperate Housewives (season four), M WChannel, Saturday, 7pm Life in Wisteria Lane Duration: 1 hour
As Ana she wrangles with the reigning queen of man-control, her aunt Gabrielle Solis (Eva Longoria Parker).
Walsh says she wanted the role because it’s so different from her own personality.
‘‘About the only thing we have in common is we are very independent. I’m not like this nasty, manipulative person at all,’’ Walsh says with a wicked laugh. ‘‘Growing up, I tried to stay away from nasty characters because I didn’t want to get typecast that way.’’
She’s not kidding when she says being bad is a stretch. Walsh is involved with the motivational group Young Women’s Empowerment Network and is a youth ambassador for In a Perfect World, an organisation that aims to build strong social leaders. She grew up in a household with a very strict Brazilian mother.
Because Walsh doesn’t have her own bad-girl experiences to draw on, she takes characteristics from people she’s met who have used their sexuality to get what they want. And she’s too discreet— part of her good-girl nature— to offer any names.
The role— and some of the things her character says and does— makes Walsh a little uncomfortable. But that’s not a bad thing, she says, because it pushes her as an actor.
Walsh likes the complex nature of Ana Solis. She promises viewers will get to see more of her character’s complex personality as the series progresses.